America Continues to Feign Confusion Over Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance

As Vice President Joseph Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have made statements in recent days implying their support for marriage equality, the American public continues to pretend it is confused as to President Obama’s true stance on this controversial issue.  Which is weird, because Obama has been entirely clear about where he stands on gay marriage.  He said in late 2010 that his views on gay marriage were “constantly evolving,” explaining that at that point in time he supported civil unions but not marriage.  Just yesterday, when Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked whether Vice President Biden’s remarks signaled a change in the President’s stance, Carney again responded, “I would simply say his views are evolving.”

How much more clear can the man be?  He said his views are evolving.  Why all the confusion?

Oh wait, I think I see the problem here.  President Obama’s comments have not been translated from Politicalese into English.  According to Google Translate, the word “evolving” in Politicalese means “clearly in favor of gay marriage but not willing to take the political risk of saying so until November 7, 2012, on which date, should he be re-elected, he will begin a steady transformation in his public stance and aggressively campaign in favor of same-sex marriage rights and will probably give one of his rousing-yet-poignant speeches that will serve to mark an historic turning point in the gay rights movement and solidify his legacy as not only our country’s first black president but also a champion of civil rights.”  It’s amazing how detailed Google’s translations can be sometimes.

And yet, the media — and I have to presume they are fluent in Polticalese, since it’s pretty much their job to be — continue to pretend that they do not understand what the President means. For instance, this:

Carney’s refusal to state Obama’s position on gay marriage could have only two causes: either he does not want to anger gay voters by creating a sound bite in which a White House official says Obama opposes gay marriage, or Obama’s evolving position has brought him to the point where he now supports it, but he’s not ready to make an announcement.

Really?  You’re really not sure which way this one is going to turn out? Let’s review:  Barack Obama is the product of a multi-racial marriage, something that also used to be illegal in some states until the Supreme Court found miscegenation laws to be unconstituional under Loving v. Virginia in 1967.  He is a relatively young, liberal Democrat who went to undergrad at Columbia University in gay old New York City, then graduated from the very liberal Harvard Law School, then became a constitutional law professor in the liberal, cosmopolitan city of Chicago.  Since becoming president, Obama has repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, and has strengthened the ability of same-sex partners to visit each other in the hospital and designate each other as surrogate decision makers.  Also, he eats arugula.  That’s all the evidence I need.

But still…perhaps he has an old-fashioned streak in him that we are not aware of.  Perhaps there is some latent homophobia that will ultimately prevent him from fully supporting marriage equality.  If only there were a way to know what his true thoughts on the issue were before he was ever in the national spotlight and facing re-election.  Oh, wait, there’s also this:

In 1996, when Barack Obama was running for the Illinois Senate, he was asked in a survey by Outlines, a gay community newspaper in Chicago, if he supported same-sex marriage. Unlike most candidates, who merely indicated yes or no, Obama took the unusual step of typing in his response, to which he affixed his signature. Back then not a single state permitted same-sex marriage, and sodomy was a crime. Nonetheless, Obama took a position on the progressive edge of the Democratic Party, and he did so with unmistakable clarity: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

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1,041 Responses to America Continues to Feign Confusion Over Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance

  1. Sam-R-I


    Blatant political opportunism by Obama.

    • Brad


      There are LGBT people who oosppe gay marriage. If Stonewall set out to promote the the opinions of all LGBT people they'd soon find they had set themselves an impossible task. There are many different strands to LGBT equality and each individual LGBT person puts a different priority on each of them. If stonewall are content to pick up _any_ of these strands and further them then I value their work. Energy can be directed at attacking the establishments and individuals making concerted efforts to ensure no strands are picked up at all. To see this energy direced at attacking an organsiation helping further equalty strands, and not at those directly opposing them, makes me rather sad.

  2. Anna


    I'm surprised the right hasn't jumped on him for this quote from 1996. It's their chance to fire up the base.

    • Politicandy


      And call him a flip-flopper as well.

      • Sam


        Let me just say that as someone who likes girls, and is a girl, I raelly wouldn't care if it was a marriage! I'd just care that I was with the one I loved. Who cares what it's called as long as people know you're legally together!

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    • Praveen


      i think gay people shluod be allowed to marry eachother and have it called marrage. I think its just discriminating when they dont allow it to be called marrage just because the two people are of the same sex. Marrage is supposed to be the union of two people who love eachother, it shluodnt matter what your gender is.

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